Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | October 11, 2021 Recap

Topic: How do you stay motivated with running your business?

Tonight’s ThinkTankers shared advice for remaining motivated as a business owner.
Learn more about these helpful tips, and how they can improve your business, by reading this ThinkTank recap.
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Valuable Quotes from Our Attendees

ThinkTankers discussed how they maintain motivation, even during tough times.

Doug Williams

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
The people you spend the most time with shape who you are. They determine what conversations dominate your attention. They affect to which attitudes and behaviors you are regularly exposed. Eventually, you start to think like they think, and behave like they behave.”

Kim Knaak

“My network motivates me on a daily basis! Since I am a solopreneur, I depend on my network to see different successes I don’t even know I have the ability to achieve.
The fear of failure also motivates me. I don’t “need” to have this business but I want it. And I don’t WANT to fail. I want to continue to get better and better.”

Joanna Carlberg

“My customers motivate me to be better and serve them better.”

Shay Williams

“Having control over your own career is unmatched.”

Bill Sargent

“Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose. Wanting to hang with the leaders.”

Caryn Willens

“Keeping my purpose in front of me to help people improve their lives. Every time I help a client achieve their goals, I feel motivated to help more people.”

Al Timm

“My WHY is a strong motivator… bringing value to people. Take time to walk down the hall of a nursing Home or hospital. Stop and talk with people in need! The more you give of yourself, the more you get.”

Today’s Attendees
As a thank you for attending, we want to give you a shout-out!
Debbie Kuras,SASI, Inc.

Employee Benefits Plans

Julie Couden, Heartland Business Solutions

Payroll/HR, Payment Processing, E-Commerce, Cap/Lending

Joanna Carlberg, Joanna’s Digital Images

I am a portrait and event photographer in SE Wisconsin.
I specialize in photographing families and special events,
I digitally restore old photographs, and I am happy to help you with real estate and product photography and images and video for your website.
You can contact me through my website:,
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on Instagram: or on Facebook:
Here is a link to my digital business card:

Christina Dotson
Healthcare that comes to you!

Anne Richie, Professional Home Staging and Organizing, LLC

I’d love to help you organize your home or office.

Kevin T Her, Freedom Equity Group

Life Insurance Services
Freedom Equity Group – The Living Benefits Company
We educate and inform today’s families, individuals, entrepreneurs, and small business owners about how they can leverage a life insurance product as a savings vehicle for an emergency fund, college fund, long-term care and tax-free retirement.

Kim Knaak, Opportunity’s Knaaking

Coming to you from St. Francis, WI! Enjoying virtual networking to develop relationships as I build Opportunity’s Knaaking. I provide Social Media Management & digital consultations to help small businesses. I also proudly work directly with Tracy Champagne at Small Business Milwaukee as the Director of Membership Services! My hands are full but that’s the way I like it!
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Doug Williams, One Click Inc.

Computer management
VOIP Phone Systems
Website creation/hosting
Social Media Marketing


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Bill Sargent, CPP

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Jeff & Debbie D’Agostino, Brent’s Carpet & Furniture Cleaning 

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Jeff D’Agostino

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Written by Catherine Jozwik

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